Webinar: Embedding Sustainability in Real Estate Transactions

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February 19
8:00 am - 8:45 am


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ULI Learning: Webinar on Embedding Sustainability in Real Estate Transactions

Recent advances in technology and asset management practices now provide significant opportunities for real estate investors to create value through investments in energy efficiency and building resilience. At every phase of a real estate transaction, there are opportunities to leverage sustainability that will reduce long-term risks and drive higher returns. Buyers and sellers who overlook them may miss out not only on maximising value-add potential, but may also run the risk of paying too much for underperforming (and expensive to fix) properties.

Embedding Sustainability in Real Estate Transactions is the first of the ULI Learning Webinar Series to be launched by ULI Asia Pacific. Through interactive dialogues, participants will gain insights on some of the latest real estate topics and trends that impact the industry and their business.


Billy Grayson
Executive Director, Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance, Urban Land Institute

Billy Grayson is the executive director for the ULI’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance, managing a team leading programmes on climate risk and resilience, health and wellness, and building energy and environmental performance. He has over a decade of experience leading energy and sustainability initiatives in real estate, distribution, and supply chain operations.
As sustainability director at Liberty Property Trust, he led a 700-building initiative that included green building construction, energy efficiency retrofits, and sustainability-focused property management strategies and tenant engagement.
As vice president, social and environmental sustainability, for the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition, Grayson led a global compliance programme working with electronics manufacturers in China, Malaysia, Korea, and elsewhere around the world to identify and mitigate environmental and human-rights risks in their shared supply chain, as well as programmes addressing climate change mitigation.
As sustainability director at THE PANEL SCO, Grayson developed an operational sustainability programme that reduced energy, water, and waste consumption by more than 15 percent. He also launched a global marketing initiative for THE PANEL SCO’s sustainability-focused energy technology products and services.
Grayson holds an MBA and a master’s of public policy from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in environment, economics, and politics from Claremont McKenna College. He is a LEED AP and former board member of the Delaware Green Building Council and NAREIT Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Brad Dockser
CEO, Green Generation

GreenGen transforms the world’s built environment through visionary innovation and solutions by integrating energy, real estate, technology, and capital markets to Operate in the Green. Brad was Co-Founder/Managing Director for Starwood Capital Group’s international operations and Principal with MacFarlane Partners. He began his career at JMB Realty and CRI.
Brad received an A.B. cum laude Economics and MBA from Harvard University. Brad serves on the global advisory board for ULI’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance. He is Co-Chair of ULI’s Sustainability Initiative in DC and Chair of ULI’s Redevelopment and Reuse Product Council.

Eric Duchon
Global Head of Sustainability, LaSalle Investment Management

Eric Duchon serves as Global Head of Sustainability for LaSalle Investment Management.  As Chair of the firm’s Global Sustainability Committee, he is responsible for partnering with the LaSalle Securities and regional sustainability officers and advising senior leadership on sustainability initiatives across the firm’s operations. He oversees global and regional ESG reporting through various firm-wide, fund, and client reporting initiatives – including GRESB, Greenprint, and UNPRI. In North America, Eric collaborates with the asset management team to create and execute sustainability plans and initiatives for each asset with the goal of maximizing return on investment and long-term value.
Eric was previously Director of Sustainability Strategies at Cushman & Wakefield for 10 years. He holds a Master degree in Sustainable Real Estate Development from New York University – Schack Institute of Real Estate and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Emory University  – Goizueta Business School.
Ellie Tang
Head of Sustainability, New World Development Company Limited
General Manager, Sustainability at K11 Concepts Limited

Ellie Tang is currently Head of Sustainability at New World Development Company Limited and General Manager – Sustainability at K11 Concepts Limited, where she formulated and drives the “New World Sustainability Vision 2030” across the Group’s businesses in Hong Kong and mainland China, supports environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk management and disclosure, leads green financing initiatives and standardises sustainable building practices. She is also an appointed member of the Environmental Campaign Committee of the HKSAR Government.
Ellie’s sustainability experience covers strategy and planning, environmental management, ESG reporting, carbon credit project development, policy consulting, and stakeholder relationship management. She was previously the Asia Pacific Coordinator of the “HSBC Water Programme” – a global USD100m partnership with governments and NGOs to improve access to fresh water and sanitation, relevant policy support, and community livelihoods.
Ellie holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, U.S. A holistic sustainability practitioner, Ellie is also a certified health coach and a WELL Building Standard® Accredited Professional.

Webinar Details:

Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Time: 08:00am – 08:45am (GMT +8)
Fee: Complimentary for ULI Members | USD30 for Non Members
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Upcoming Webinar:

The webinar series will be held every two months. Upcoming webinars are as follows:
  • 15 April | Transit-Oriented-Developments
  • 17 June | Placemaking in the Asia Pacific